Biz Kids Stay Busy on Winter Break
Most kids this week are enjoying their vacation from school, lounging around, or maybe taking a family trip. Some city school kids who are working on their winter break, and loving it.
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On a chilly day, nothing beats it.
"Hello sir, how are you? Hot chocolate for a dollar, and two cookies for a dollar," said Shamar Whitaker.
While most of their friends were off doing other things...
"Sleeping," said Lillia Rodriguez, a 10th grader.
"Most of my friends play basketball," said Shamar.
These kids were selling.
"Loosen up, loosen up, loosen up!"
"What we have going on is the entrepreneurship program for kids that are trying to start their own business. What we're doing is trying to teach them to start their own business by being independent and making money," said Lillia.
The Biz Kids program began in the late 1990s in Rochester, teaching kids valuable skills.
"Getting young people that could be home playing video games, sleeping in to noon, they choose to do something this week that is very important," said Jeff Reese, city rec leader.
"It teaches us to become better businessmen, entrepreneurs. As we keep doing it, we'll do bigger things than selling hot chocolate or cookies," said Shamar.
The kids prepare all the hot chocolate and cookies they sell. Two teams compete to see who sells the most.
"We're doing very good. We're working as a team which is the main key," said Lillia.
"I tried to sneak by but he cornered me," said Tom Richards, Rochester mayor. Even he couldn't resist.
Hot chocolate on a cold day. A cool lesson.
"They probably learn more in these two hours than the entire week. We can tell them as much as possible about what it's like to actually sell, but they're learning and doing a great job doing so," said Reese.
"Thank you sir, have a nice day"